Today we had the honour of welcoming in our Community Mr. Charalambos Pittas, Mayor of the City of Morphou (Cyprus), occupied by the Turks since 1974. The Mayor was accompanied by members of his Council.
We had at our Church a Memorial Service for those who gave their lives for Faith and Homeland, especially for those who originated from Morphou. Then we dedicated prayers to those citizens of Morphou who are still Missing since the invasion of the Turkish army into Cyprus, in the summer of 1974.
The Mayor spoke inspirationally about all those who sacrificed their lives for their Homeland. He also spoke about the pain of many people, brought by the barbaric Turkish invasion and occupation of almost half of the island of Cyprus. At the end he offered soil from the occupied Morphou to the President of our Community Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous, as well as an icon of St. Mamas, who is the Patron Saint of Morphou, to the Parish Priest Fr. Anastasios D. Salapatas. These treasures will be kept by our Church as important valuables, always reminding to us and to the new generations of our occupied land, which we hope, with the help of God, to be liberated soon.